Comments : 94

Hi there, you might be really surprised when you see this long post, and frankly no one was as surprised as I was! So here’s the deal, we (my husband and his brother)  were given the opportunity to purchase a large container of furniture, but had to buy it “all or nothing” and as it came. It was mostly from Kindel, and to anyone who knows furniture, you will recognize them as being a definite Rolls Royce in the furniture biz. My husbands brother is actually the one who was most interested as he is moving into his newly renovated house in about a month, and doesn’t want to wait the typical 3 to 4 months for custom furniture on order. So…..while he finished his renovation,  we happily  put most of it in our living room and we are dividing up the pieces. He is keeping most of the upholstered pieces so in the meantime, we  are “housing” most of the furniture for him until he is done with his own renovation project.

This was a total win/win for both of us. It allowed us to place the furniture exactly as we have it laid out to see if the layout does indeed work as we were hoping and sure enough it does! While the pieces are not all the exact size/shape of what we are ordering it really gives life to the room and certainly allows the room to take on a whole new perspective. We added our own pieces from the old house, some of which were in storage like coffee tables, end tables,some art,etc…..and of course my blue and white and for a temporary setup I must say it came out quite beautiful, if I say so myself. You really forget just how much a room can transform with furniture and all the bells and whistles. This is far from a done room, but it gives you an idea.  Naturally I just have to share this with you because we all love a good transformation. Lots of pictures, many might even appear to be the same thing and I took some of these at different times of the day.   So here we go…..enough of my talking!

I took a lot of pictures at different times of day and using a few different settings on my camera, the first “batch” used the active-D switch and I think I like it a lot for during the day shots, it gives a really crisp clarity to the shots……..and theres A LOT of pictures here! (you know I get carried away).

Finally got to hang a few of the brackets I so love (kind of makes me wish I was selling them again…am a BIG fan of brackets)!

Took the pillows from my window seat just to see how pillows would look, will not be here permanently but they certainly work temporarily!

Coffee table, all tables, and the antique botanicals are ours

So excited got to hang my brackets!!

These are gorgeous antique botanicals bought at an auction about 5 years ago..definite keepers!

Love the later afternoon sun………..

And at night……..

This batch was taken last night with a few small things added…..

The ship painting my husband just put there..its going in our library. The mantle is from the original house and we just have it propped there because its a heck of a lot better than looking at a blank wall! We are still figuring out the mantles for living/dining.

Well…….looks a whole lot different than that big empty room huh? I really love how warm and inviting it feels now….I have to say I keep finding excuses to go in there and just sit and stare! Its so exciting to have furniture in there. In about a month or two, it will be going to his living room but its nice to have a somewhat finished space even if temporarily and it is especially great getting to do a “trial run” of this layout and getting total certainty that the layout works. Now we are totally confident about moving forward. All of our tables, chests and coffee tables we will use with the new furniture and of course the rug is staying too. Will keep you in the loop as our final living room comes together in the coming months but thought I would share this fun “project” with you! Wishing you a great day and thanks for stopping in!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Good morning, Tina!

I’m so happy for you!!!! I feel so happy you’re creating the space of your dreams within your dream home! How blessed you are, my friend!!!

I love every inch of your living room. Every inch! πŸ™‚


Luciane at

Absolutely stunning! My favourite shots are the ones taken at night – I love how the glow of lamp light subtly changes the mood of a room. It looks truly wonderful – well done – albeit temporarily!!
Paula x

Tina! My breath was literally taken away..amazing amazing amazing! How gorgeous it looks are you sure you can’t keep it? It just looks so perfect, that its hard to believe its just a temporary set up. What a grand grand room and with all that light to boot, just spectacular in every way. Theres no such thing as “too many pictures” when it comes to you house!

Perfection! It would be hard for me to give the furniture back, but I am sure your furniture will be fabulous, too. I love the setup and I must say that I love your windows. They are beautiful and give the room great natural light. Well done my friend!

I bet you wish you were keeping the entire lot of furniture. I think it all looks very good together. Love how clean and light it looks. Now you will be inspired to finish the room once your brother in law takes his half!

Gorgeous. It feels like a home now. Love the brackets too, the art, the floors, the windows… love it all. Did you change your header again? Love it… it’s fun to switch it up, huh? xoxo

Tina- AMAZING! I love the colors and wonder if this is the palette you plan to use too? I think it looks incredible with the rug, very soothing to the eye. What a grand space, and yet it feels really welcoming. I bet its going to be hard to part with it in a few months but having seen the room nearly done will no doubt motivate you to get it done, seeing how pretty it looks. I love all the blue and whites which of course I expected and your brackets look awesome, wish you still had them too. Just a gorgeous room, enjoy it while its there:-)

What a fun opportunity for both of you! And how perfect to get a “dry run” to try out the arrangements of the furniture, scale, etc. I also noticed you have those great espagnolette door handles – loving those Tina!

Tina, what a great thing. It just looksd fabulous. I love all thr molding inthe room too I couldn’t stop looking at it everything is grogeous.

Your header looks different to me I was just wondering if I ws losing my mind??


How exciting that you had this opportunity to do the “dry run”. It looks fabulous! I would be sitting in the room and just enjoy looking at everything. Thank you for this beautiful blog.

What a fun treat that would be! It really does make it feel like a home and it looks great in yours! I hope it won’t be too hard to part with when the time comes! At least you can see what you like and what you don’t and get a “feel” for the room with the furniture in place! If he ever has to buy another truck load of furniture please tell him I will be happy to help out as well! Have a wonderful week!

I can imagine how exciting it is to fill this beautiful room. This is the best part of any project. I’m curious to see how you treat the walls with the moldings over those beautiful commodes by the hallway arch. And my favorite shots are the evening shots with the casual glass of wine sitting on the chest. Accident or intentionly placed prop? Thanks for letting us be voyeurs into this crazy beautiful home.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Tina – I have been following your blog for a while but have never commented. Your house is gorgeous! One question – how the heck are you lucky enough to buy a container of Kindel furniture in attractive neutral colors?? When your furniture comes in and your brother in law takes what he wants, is there any chance you might sell the rest in your shop? If so, I would definitely be interested! Keep up the great work – beautiful home, blog and shop!!

Oh how I’ve missed seeing your home. The room looks amazing – what a win win here – helping out your brother-in-law and testing furniture. Love the brackets and the antique botanicals are gorgeous – not to mention the rug!! Know you are so happy to be settled and enjoying ever room…

Really lovely….all the blue and white porcelain breathes life into the room and makes it stunning! Oh, how I wish I could purchase that mantle from your old house from you! I love the simple lines of it! Nice job on this room, even if it is only temporary!

You must have had fun playing around with the furniture and accessory placement! It is a fantastic room and so much natural light pouring in!

I don’t think I’d ever leave that room!

Oh my, Tina, your house needs to be published! How amazing that the furniture worked so well! Some of my very favorite finds include pre-80s Kindel and Baker. Absolutely GORGEOUS!

Absolutely beautiful and could be a magazine shoot. I have a question about the lamp by the couch which is not against the wall. How will you plug in the lamp that is on the end table? Especially with the rug on the floor? Again, the pictures rival any found in a design magazine!

All the furniture looks beautiful, Tina. The layout looks very inviting, and I love spotting many of the goodies you sell/have sold in your shop in a real life setting.
What fun!

What a great opportunity, you were brilliant doing this! The new pieces look simply wonderful, your “warm and inviting” phrase is perfect in describing the transformation of that room!

Sending you a smile,

WOW, Architecural Digest has nothing on you! I agree with many above, this home needs to be published when done (I think you mentioned a long time ago you didnt’t have any interest) but its so beautfiul it looks like it belongs in a magazine spread. Curious as to the size of your room? It looks very very large with high ceilings? We are building/designing a home right now and our living room is 24×17 (on paper) but I think we should make it longer. Would love to know your dimensions, I love how you have so many differnt seating areas. Just beautiful thank you for sharing and hope you enjoy it.

Tina this reminds me and please take this as the highest compliment of a beautiful Ritz or Four Seasons lobby, it is as elegant grand as it is warm. Just breathtaking, I think my brother in law would have to wrestle me to the ground however to get the furniture back! It looks made for this room. Love how all the blue and white porcelains add so much to the room and the touches of black are gorgeous too.
Love it all!

Wow. Quite a project! I’m not sure my husband would be interested in partaking in such a project! I mean this is big time Tina! You are like me and so enjoy putting a room together – however it seems you do it much more naturally and without the stress! I can’t believe what a difference the furniture makes. Remarkable!!
Thanks for taking the time to share!!

Hard to believe its temporary…it looks so perfect! Are you sure you can’t sway him to let you keep it. I cannot imagine it getting better, well with window treatments and a few pillows but man, this is just so beautiul like it is! I would be sitting in that room all day long for no particular reason. The size is so big but somehow you made it feel open, welcoming and super elegant. Fun to see it transform, this house is bound to make it into many publications down the road when you are all done! The rug Tina looks spectacular as does your trademark blue and whites. Great job!

Lovely room!
I’m sorry if I missed this, but what shade of white are your walls and name of the paint?
Hope to hear from you,
d on the prairie

Wow! You have been one busy lady, Tina! I love this furniture. I especial y love they way it goes with your chests. I love the coffee tables and the black and gold chairs! The table behind the sofa is stunning! Your brackets and rug look so amazing too.
Ok, it is all gorgeous. Lucky for you to have found this.
Happy Tuesday.

Not enough words……..just gorgeous is all I can say to sum it up! How lucky for you to get to try out your settings in the room. Jackpot!

LIt looks drop dead gorgeous as it is. Where did you get that wonderful crown container on
the coffee table? I would like one. Are you
going to sell it?

Holy smokes…transformation is not the word! Magnificent and spectacular don’t begin to describe it. Just amazing. I think you will have a very hard time trying to part with it, when the time comes, dont’ you think? I would bargain for the sofas and chairs, think every thing looks like its right at home. The rug is so gorgeous, and love all the porcelain, brackets and art that act as the glue in bringing this room together. So happy you shared this with us, it is truly breathtaking.

BTW have been a fan of your blog for a few months but this is my first comment. Love your work, talent and vision.

Tina, your home is lovely. I think your brother-in-law needs to get another container & you keep this one!!  Your shop pieces come alive in a room setting & will help others to be inspired to use them ! I know it has inspired me. Which ones to select ? Oh my!  
Fondly, Cindy

The room is beautiful !!!! I especially love it in the evening. Your large area rug is a great choice……. i cannot wait to see what you do next.

i love the whole concept of buying a container and not knowing what will be in it! how fun is that? and how fun to rearrange and tweak until it’s just right? looks amazing.


Absolutely stunning. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us. Your placement skills are outstanding.

Wow looks to me like the furniture fits to a T! What a gorgeous room! It was fun to spot the shoes at the bottom of the stairway! Yes, it is a home- shoes in the hall like most homes.

Absolutely gorgeous!!! Tina, I can’t believe this all basically came out of a container, sight unseen. It works beautifully and if your brother-in-law changes his mind about keeping it….I think you’re set!!!

Love the photos taken at different times of day!

xoxo Elizabeth

Tina- I am in awe of this room! What a masterpiece, you would have thought you custom ordered every single piece and love how you used your exisiting wood pieces with the blues and whites, and the brackets are so gorgeous too! I love your antique botanicals, they work so well in that spot. I cannot imagine disassembling this room when your brother needs the furniture, it just looks so perfect!
I know whatever you do though will be as good as gold and I am wondering if you will with the same colors? To me, that soft colorway works perfectly there. Its beautiful all times of the day but especially the twilight/evening shots are particularly beautiful. Loved this!

oh Tina, it looks amazing! I didnt have a good feel for the size of the room before, I wouldnt have guessed three seating area would fit so perfectly. It looks absolutely stunning and very comfortable. And what luck with the container, the pieces go so well together!

The many antiques you have wonderfully situated
are exceptional… ‘Couch’….sorry it needs to go…does not compliment that wonderful look you have endeavered to achieve. Stand back for a few……i believe you will find it…

How cool is that to get to do a trial run on your furniture layout?! It looks so inviting; I love it!

I hadn’t realized how many of your posts I have missed in the craziness of summer since school let out. So this past weekend I treated myself to going back through and catching up, some of them a couple extra times. I enjoyed the reading!


Wow- What a windfall..and how wonderful that you can both kind of pick and choose between you…and it gives you a real grasp on what your seating arrangements can be when all is said and done. Great post and I loved all the pictures. xo Diana

Hi Tina and thanks for stopping by my blog today, happy to hear you like the elegance in swimwear too(:
I am speachless how lovely it looks just from a compossition you did with pieces that are not even yours! You are a genius about this kinda stuff, but I am wondering why would you give this furniture back to your brother in law?(((: They look perfectly made for you and your room! But probably the pieces you ordered are even more amazing … but hard to imagine now, can’t wait to see it too. Regardless, you just did this fast and it is better than millions of peple doing it for a year! And it was not that many photos at once, I can take more…hugs Z

The living room looks splendid – love all the pieces and the way you’ve set them out works beautifully. Your blue and white really does look spectacular on those wall brackets.

How cozy and warm the room looks and it will give you a great idea about what you DON’T like.

And why no more selling of gilt brackets as we all need them. Must possess an alternative sourse but surely you can get back to selling them. Just because you have them remember us little folks who don’t line in EH’s.

I love the way the furniture outlines the room.
you have a lot of legs going on!

Breathtaking is the first word that comes to mind!! You took a very large room and made it feel so beautibul but somehow cozy and inviting too, which is not easy to do. Love the colors and hope your permanent arrangment will be the same tones, I think it works so well with this room, you get beautiful light during the day,will you add window treatments? I love the night pictures, its just breathtaking. So happy you are sharing this journey with us, I have gotten an endless number of ideas from your blog, Tina. Thank you.

Love your style and that you take so many shots from different angles and different times of the day. I kept thinking that this room is begging for a grand piano. Do you have a separate music room? By the way, I did get some ideas for my own home from looking at your pics! Thanks for sharing!

WOW…Tina, I love the light and airy feeling of these pieces and my favorite picture is the one with the PINK ORCHID in the forefront with your banister in the background! YOU ARE HAVING FUNNNNNNNNNNNN!!! Oh how lovely it all looks. BISOUS! Anita

what could i add to the lovely comments above? well how is this, I AM GOBSMACKED! what a difference tina!
in each image my eyes went longingly to the mantle, trim work and windows letting in ribbons of light. the furniture completes the package, cannot wait to see yours.
stunning tina

wow! what a gorgeous transformation! it’s amazing how furniture and the “extras” can cozy up a room. i totally want to come over and sit on the little sofa by the fireplace and read a book. everything looks so inviting. oh, and i LOVE that you are using the mantle from your old house. love, love, love.

It’s too bad you are not keeping every single thing – it is absolutely perfect!! What a gorgeous room. Right out of a magazine. But, I know you enjoy picking your own things, and I’ll bet anything it’s even prettier when YOU do it – although its hard to imagine, I’ll still put odds on you making it even better!

Can’t stop looking and marveling at the amazing transformation..thanks so much for all the photos. You have taken a large space and made warm and inviting sitting areas throughout. I can just imagine a wonderful cocktail party taking place! Here’s to you…CHEERS TINA!!

So fun to furnish and play Tina… and then do it all over again… I adore your panelling, it is a fabulous room… I hope you get to sit down in it once and a while… xv

Wow, where do I start. I just found your Blog. Love it. What an opportunity you are experiencing! My dream….
I will add your blog on my List of Blogs to inspire! I don’t have a huge following…can’t imagine that this comment will be 82!!! I have maybe 15 to 20 tops. Just a little blog of my crazy ideas.

Can’t wait to see your next Post!
Patty Day

I think a new word needs to be created to describe this vision of a room. Oh my goodness, I think I would have to sleep in there and they would have to fight me to the ground to take it away in 2 months! Its so perfect, are you sure you can’t bargain with your brother in law”? Has he seen how amazing it looks there? Just so beautiful Tina! Thanks for sharing it. Always enjoy getting a peek into your beautiful home.

Your living room is GORGEOUS!!! It’s hard to believe most of the furnishings are temporary and are not staying in the room since they fit the room so beautifully!!!!! Happy Wednesday :o)

Hi Tina!
What a great story! I think you need to talk to your BIL
and get him to share more of the pieces you are storing for him!
They are meant to be in that room, from what I can see.
Just beautiful. Love the one shot where the staircase fades to
blue in the background behind all the blue and white porcelain in
the evening lit room.
LOVE it.


Love how the furniture fits the room and your right it is cozy and very inviting. It’s like a dress rehearsal only better! It will be fun to see how it changes when your selected pieces come into the space. As for now this really works out beautifully.


You have a beautiful French bergere in your living room in a stripe fabric with exposed wood creme painted frame. Can you tell me who the manufacturer of it is. Strikingly beautiful! Thanks.

It is really an enchanted one. I can’t wait that I also can have that kind of house. You really have a nice furniture. Sofa, beds , everything that is can be seen in there.

Join the World of the Enchanted Home!



Designed and Developed by BNV Digital Marketing